The Ugly Americans

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Student brought gun, knives to school to feel 'powerful,' 'cool,' authorities say

A 14-year-old student brought a gun and two knives to school in his backpack this week because he wanted to feel "cool" and "poweful," police in Winter Haven, Fla., said Friday.<p>Administrators at Winter Haven Christian School discovered the weapons Wednesday afternoon and called police, the Miami …

Knives

It's Time to Stop Being the Ugly American

Even within our own country, we're ugly to each other, and that needs to stop.<p>You've probably heard of the Ugly American. It's a phrase commonly used to describe loud, rude, arrogant Americans abroad. These are the types of people who get upset when the corner ice cream stand doesn't accept dollars …

Parenting

Texas man who allegedly had weapons stockpile in Boston-area hotel says he was on a classified mission

A Texas man who was arrested Sunday after police said they found a weapons stockpile that included an AK-47, AR-15 and bump stock in his hotel room told investigators that he was on a classified government mission, The Lowell Sun reported.<p>Francho S. Bradley, 59, and Adrianne D. Jennings, 40, were …

Guns

Trump is our punishment for embracing a bankrupt value system

It does no good to talk about values, because nobody cares about your values. It is a tiresome abstraction, and nobody wants to be lectured.<p>It may not do any good, but a lack of values can certainly end up doing some bad.<p>Every culture has people whom others look up to, but ours has taken a …

Donald Trump

House passes school safety bill, Senate has hearing on Parkland

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The US House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday to fund more security at schools, exactly one month after a gunman killed 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Florida, and as thousands of students take part in a national walkout in protest of gun violence.<p>While the …

Teacher accidentally fires gun and injures student during safety lesson

<b>(CNN) —</b> A teacher accidentally discharged a firearm while teaching a public safety class, injuring one student at a Northern California school on Tuesday, police said.<p>Dennis Alexander, who is Seaside City's mayor pro tem and a reserve officer with the Sand City Police Department, was teaching a …

Guns

US deaths from lead exposure 10 times higher than thought, study suggests

<b>(CNN) —</b> Lead exposure may be responsible for nearly 10 times more deaths in the United States than previously thought, according to a new study.<p>The researchers concluded that nearly 412,000 deaths every year in the US can be attributed to lead contamination. That figure is 10 times higher than …

Biomedicine

U.S. emergency rooms see 30% jump in opioid overdoses as crisis worsens

Emergency rooms across the United States saw a big jump in overdoses from opioids last year — the latest evidence the country's drug crisis is …

'SNL': Charles Barkley Dunks On NRA By Giving Guns to Cockroaches

“The only way to stop bad roaches is good roaches with guns.”<p>“SNL” made light of the on-going gun control debate in America Saturday with a sketch …

Hospitals are offering bank loans, but patients need to think twice

Laura Cameron, three months pregnant, fell in a parking lot and landed in the emergency room in May. She was on her back — in pain and attached to a saline drip — when a hospital representative came to discuss her bill.<p>Though both Cameron and her husband, Keith, have insurance, her ER visit would …

Health Care

America's kids are obese and it's getting worse

Junk food, lack of exercise to blame for rise in childhood obesity<p>Obesity is worsening in American kids, researchers reported Monday.<p>And the most severe obesity is hitting more and more very small children — those under the age of 5, they found.<p>Experts blame a society that continues to push junk …

Diabetes

Trump signs report rebuking own views on trade, Canada

U.S. President Donald Trump has released a report clobbering his own views on trade.<p>He's even signed the opening passage, a foreward to the 2018 "White House Economic Report of the President."<p>The annual report from the White House contradicts a number of trade statements and policies already …

FBI director's resignation demanded after agency admits it got tip Florida shooter had 'desire to kill'

Florida school massacre the latest incident to raise questions about whether agency is missing warning signs<p>Florida Gov. Rick Scott is demanding the …

You don't need a permit or license to buy a gun in Florida. (And you don't have to register your gun either)

<b>(CNN) —</b> The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which killed 17 people, has put the focus on Florida's gun laws. For instance, the state doesn't require a permit or a license for someone to own a gun.<p>Here are some facts about the gun laws in the Sunshine State, …

Guns

The rights of disabled Americans are under attack

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has been law for 28 years now -- and I can honestly say that rights for Americans with disabilities, including accessibility to public spaces, are now facing more uncertainty and outright hostility than at any time in recent memory.<p>Recently, Delta …

Rights & Freedoms

At least 17 dead in Florida school shooting, law enforcement says

<b>(CNN) —</b> A former student unleashed a hail of gunfire in a Florida high school on Wednesday, killing at least 17 adults and children, authorities said.<p>Florida Gov. Rick Scott ordered government flags flown at half-staff through Monday in honor of victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas …

High School

Abandoned America: Faded factories across the USA

There's something about ruins that touches travelers deeply. Perhaps it’s the visual reminder that just as our lives aren’t permanent, neither is our built environment. Or maybe it’s because some of the world’s great tourist attractions, like the Parthenon and the Pyramids of Giza, were once …

General Motors

Fewer Americans are majoring in education, but will students pay the price?

College students hitting the books these days are far less likely to be learning about teaching — and that could be putting future generations’ …

Education

When a health insurer rejects your claim, here’s how to fight back

A former Aetna AET, +0.19% employee said that doctors don’t review patient records at the major insurer when making decisions regarding claims — and …

Health Care

Feds brace for more irregular Quebec border crossings with meal plan, extra funding

The Canadian government has begun planning for a fresh influx of asylum seekers in St-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Que., putting out a call on Monday for the …

Mexico cartel holds two special agents hostage

<b>Two members of a special investigative police force who disappeared in Mexico a week ago have been shown in a video posted on YouTube.</b><p>The two agents from the Criminal Investigation Agency appear sitting in front of five masked men who force them at gunpoint to read a statement.<p>The armed men are …

Mexico

OxyContin maker will stop promoting opioids to doctors

NEW YORK (AP) — The maker of the powerful painkiller OxyContin said it will stop marketing opioid drugs to doctors, bowing to a key demand of lawsuits that blame the company for helping trigger the current drug abuse epidemic.<p>OxyContin has long been the world's top-selling opioid painkiller, …

Medicine

U.S. claims on trade deficit with Canada inflated by misleading numbers

U.S. trade representative's numbers count goods from other countries that merely pass through Canada<p>Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is on a trip this …

Federal Budget
Oil & Gas Industry
Economy

U.S. Trade Deficit Is Wider Than Any Month or Year Since 2008

The U.S. trade deficit widened to the biggest monthly and annual levels since the last recession, underscoring the inherent friction in President …

Economy

California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra says Trump administration proposal could mean billions in lost tips for workers

California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra joined a coalition Monday to oppose a U.S. Department of Labor proposal governing tips, arguing the new rules could result in workers losing billions of dollars each year.<p>Becerra, along with 16 other attorneys general, filed a letter of opposition with the …

Homeless men are being gunned down on the street in Las Vegas

<b>(CNN) —</b> The video is chilling. James Edgar Lewis is sleeping under a Las Vegas freeway when a dark-colored SUV passes by. Seconds later, a man wearing a dark top emerges from the vehicle and shoots Lewis twice in the head before fleeing.<p>There is no struggle, no fight. Lewis never even appears to …

Homelessness